Senator presses FTC to require stricter child protections from YouTube

Senator Markey has asked the FCC to make YouTube implement stricter age checks and otherwise clamp down on unapproved child

Senator presses FTC to require stricter child protections from YouTube

Curated via Twitter from Engadget’s twitter account….

Senator Ed Markey has sent a letter to the FTC warning that YouTube might have violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (a law he co-authored) and calling for specific "safeguards" to protect kids if the Commission issues a consent decree.

However, multiple reports have surfaced of the company considering multiple options to prevent kids from seeing objectionable content on YouTube, including limiting child-oriented videos to YouTube Kids or disabling autoplay on those videos.

Those wouldn’t be enough for politicians like Markey — he wants to be sure that YouTube doesn’t track those younger viewers, and is discouraging kids from watching YouTube in the first place.

Google would have to back a "consumer education campaign" warning parents against underage viewing, and it’d have to fund production and support for "noncommercial, quality" kids’ content.

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